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Raffles Square, 1890 - 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/BAM 1/20

Scope and Contents

273 x 214 mm. A view looking along one side of Raffles Square showing the premises of John Little and Co., with rickshaws and hack gharries in the roadway in front of the store. Francis Martin established a business in Singapore in 1842 which became Little, Cursetjee and Co., in 1845. Cursetjee left the partnership in 1853 and it was continued thereafter by J.M. and Matthew Little. From that date the company occupied the same site in the square, from the original modest building (for an engraving of which see Buckley, p. 350), to more spacious premises and then to the ornately facaded emporium seen here. Further alterations were made to the frontage around 1910. The business was sold to Robinson and Co., in the 1950s and the building later largely demolished apart from sections in the façade. (Buckley, 350-351; 20th century impressions, pp. 681-684; Makepeace, ii, 202).


  • Creation: 1890 - 1899


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Existence and Location of Copies

CN 1261; CIF E/48.

Related Materials

A view of the more spacious premises occupied by the company is at BAM 10/31.


'One hundred years of Singapore', ed.Walter Makepeace, (London, 1921) and Charles Buckley, ‘An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore’, (Singapore, 1902).



Date information

DateText: Probably late 1890s.


G R Lambert and Co

Finding aid date

2002-05-01 09:23:14+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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